University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics

Position ID: 713-PDRA3 [#21583, 5839]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Edinburgh, City of EH9 3JZ, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: noncommutative ring theory, Lie theory and related areas
Application Deadline: 2022/12/16 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/11/17, listed until 2022/12/16)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

UE07 £35,333 - £42,155 per annum

School of Mathematics

Fixed term for 3 years

Full Time, 35 hours per week

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Associate in noncommutative ring theory, Lie theory, and related areas to work in the School of Mathematics.

The post is available from 1 July 2023, or on a mutually agreed date, for a 36-month fixed term contract. The position is jointly funded by the EPSRC grant "Enveloping Algebras of Infinite-Dimensional Lie Algebras", held by Susan Sierra and by the ERC grant “Non-compact Chern-Simons Theory, Positive Representations, and Cluster Varieties”, held by Sasha Shapiro. Sierra’s grant applies techniques from ring theory, noncommutative algebraic geometry, and Poisson algebras to investigate a variety of questions related to these enveloping algebras. Shapiro’s grant studies positive representation theory of quantum groups, including Poisson geometry of quantum character varieties, cluster structures on Poisson varieties, and relations with representations of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras.

Candidates with expertise in infinite-dimensional Lie algebras and their representations, the interplay between representation theory and Poisson geometry, and/or Poisson algebras and related topics are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be able to interact mathematically with both PIs, however candidates whose expertise aligns more with the work of one PI than with the other should also feel free to apply.

Note that due to funding constraints, this job cannot continue past 30 June 2026.

Post-holders will be able to pursue their own research questions in addition to joining these larger efforts. The post-holder will join our thriving and growing algebra/geometry/topology group at the Hodge Institute and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the entire group.

We encourage candidates with a wide range of backgrounds to apply. Applications from female, gender minority, or underrepresented minority candidates are particularly encouraged. Informal enquiries are encouraged; please contact Susan Sierra by email

Please include a Research statement along with your CV and supporting documents when you make your online application.

The closing date for receipt of applications, including letters of reference, is 16 December 2022 at 5pm GMT. Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be sent to quoting reference number 5839

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Interviews will be held in the week beginning 9th January 2023.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally. About the Team The School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to internationally excellent researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Our location in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland puts us in the centre of a vibrant community of academics, cultural institutions, industry partners and research institutes.

As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our mathematical research. We have over seventy permanent members of academic staff and over twenty research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. Our Graduate School has over eighty research students and over one hundred MSc students, and our postgraduate provision has gone from strength to strength with the recent introduction of Doctoral Training Centres in Analysis and its Applications, and in Data Science. We have close links with the School of Informatics and are actively involved in current data science developments, particularly as one of the 5 UK-wide partners in the Alan Turing Institute.

The School is passionate about delivering a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. Quantitative skills have never been more in demand in the world, and our students graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, independent learning and communication. Within 6 months of graduating, 93% of our students are in full-time employment or study. In 2010 the Teaching Programme review "welcomed the excellent quality of education" provided by the School.

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